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Good Luck Convincing Them That Their DNA Data Is Secure

With GINA appearing to finally have a chance at becoming law, what are the remaining hurdles to large-scale DNA banks and genomic information included in medical records? This article from the Wall Street Journal says that the healthcare industry is creating its own problems as more medical records are stolen, inappropriately released, or otherwise made public. These security lapses will likely be major issues in convincing patients of the value of electronic medical records and linking them to even more sensitive data.


The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.